Local & Regional

In the local news:

  • A plan to make Tulsa as better place to live is announced at City Hall.
  • A pre-schooler is rescued from a Tulsa swimming pool.
  • A grand opening date for the Gathering Place will be announced later this week.

Another Child Rescued from Local Pool

Jun 6, 2018
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A three-year-old is rushed to the hospital after being pulled from an east Tulsa swimming pool. It happened last night at the Stone Crest Apartments near 41st and 129th East Avenue.

The child was not breathing when pulled from the pool. EMSA crews were able to revive the young boy.

The night before, a child was rescued from a swimming pool at Owasso.

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A man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy whose body was found on fire in northeastern Oklahoma.

District Attorney Jack Thorp says 23-year-old Joshua Herrington pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Monday in the death of Brennon Davis.

Davis' bullet-riddled body was found burning on Jan. 11, 2017, near Fort Gibson Lake, 48 miles (77 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa. Authorities used dental records to identify his remains.

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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had an agency staffer reach out to Chick-fil-A on government email about a "potential business opportunity," emails show. The opportunity, according to one former EPA senior staff member, was exploring the possibility of a Chick-fil-A franchise for Pruitt's wife. Pruitt is the former Oklahoma Attorney General.

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Scientists may have found previously unmapped faults in Oklahoma that could be contributing to a sharp increase in induced earthquakes in the state, according to a report on a study that used magnetic imaging to explore the rock formations below the earth's surface.

The apparent faults extend from what appeared to be the end of mapped faults directly to areas where many quakes occurred, Oklahoma Geological Survey Director Jeremy Boak said Tuesday.

City of Broken Arrow Proposes $254.1M Budget

Jun 5, 2018
City of Broken Arrow

The City of Broken Arrow proposed a $254.1 million budget for the new fiscal year.

That’s up just about 2 percent from this year’s budget. City Manager Michael Spurgeon said they’re counting on a bit more money coming into their coffers.

"A slight increase in projections for 2018 revenues. Sales tax is at 1 percent projections, very conservative. All other revenues are looking at about a little over 2.5 percent. All revenues combined, about 1.7 percent," Spurgeon said.

The City of Tulsa released on Tuesday its plan to make Tulsa a unified, equitable city for all residents.

Resilient Tulsa aims to make Tulsa an inclusive city and make Tulsans healthy, prosperous people, no matter where they live. The plan is part of Tulsa's involvement in the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities. North America Manager Otis Rolley said Tulsa showed character in acknowledging the overarching reason for needing improvement.

 

A new report says Oklahoma has high rates of death from heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory disease despite a decrease in smoking.

The Tulsa World reports that the State of the State's Health Report was released Monday.

The report shows that less than 20 percent of Oklahoma adults smoke. That's down from 25 percent a decade ago. The teen smoking rate was 13 percent in 2015, down from about a third of teens smoking in 2005.

However, the state still has a high rate of health issues tied with smoking, such as lung cancer and heart disease.

Tulsa Public Schools

The proposed new name for the Columbus Elementary School is on hold. The Tulsa School Board heard a report from a special committee last night. The committee wants to rename the school the ‘Delores Huerta Elementary School’.

School Board member Shawna Miller gave the presentation. Huerta was a labor leader involved in the plight of migrant farmers.

The area’s neighborhood association objected. Ed Garcia says it would be much simpler to rename the school ‘Valley Glen’ for the neighborhood as well as the community swimming pool.

Tulsa Fire Fatal To Two Women

Jun 5, 2018
Tulsa Fire Department

Two women are dead following an overnight house fire in west Tulsa. The fire was in a neighborhood near 41st and South Waco. Fire officials this morning are looking for the cause. 

One women was found dead inside the home. The other was rushed to the hospital where she later died. 

The Fire Department says two dogs also died in the fire.  

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce will oppose Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma.
  • Two women are dead in a west Tulsa house fire.
  • The Tulsa School Board delays renaming Chouteau and Columbus Elementary Schools

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AAA says motorists in Oklahoma and Arkansas are paying some of the lowest prices for gasoline in the nation.

The organization said Monday that the two states are among the 10 least expensive markets for gas in the U.S.

Oklahoma ranks fourth with an average price of $2.66 for a gallon of regular gas while Arkansas is sixth with an average of $2.67.

Triple-A says the average price of gas has dropped three cents per gallon in Oklahoma during the past week, one of the nation's top 10 largest weekly declines.

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Authorities say the fire chief of a small southeastern Oklahoma town has died after being electrocuted while investigating an electrical problem in his mobile home.

Officials say Gary Reeder, chief of the Wapanucka Fire Department in Johnston County, died after being electrocuted Sunday evening.

Authorities say Reeder, who was also a part-time employee of Johnston County Emergency Medical Services, wasn't on duty when the incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m.

Okmulgee County

 

An escapee from an east central Oklahoma county jail who was being held on rape and larceny charges has been recaptured after a weekend on the run.

The Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office on Monday announced Cayman Coleman has been caught. A posting on its Facebook page announced the capture but didn't immediately provide further details.

Officials say Coleman has been unaccounted for since Friday morning. Investigators didn't immediately say how he escaped.

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says five inmates were injured in a fight over the weekend at a northeastern Oklahoma prison.

The fight occurred on Saturday at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy, located in Osage County about 29 miles northwest of Tulsa.

Corrections spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Monday that the fight occurred among members of rival inmate gangs at the medium-security prison for men.

EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, including house-hunting and booking personal travel, according to testimony released Monday.

Millan Hupp's transcribed interview last month before a panel of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee staffers marks the first public accounting from one of Pruitt's closest aides on personal errands that she said the EPA chief had her do. The transcript was released Monday by committee Democrats.

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The June 26 primaries are just three weeks away, and several local races will be on the ballot.

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa is hosting seven nonpartisan candidate forums for local contests starting Tuesday.

"It’s for the district attorney race, and then we have five district races for the House of Representatives and the Tulsa County Commissioner race for District 1," said League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa Board of Trustees Vice President Lynn Staggs.

The Tulsa Regional Chamber has joined the "SQ 788 is NOT Medical" coalition of organizations opposing a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

"This bill comes across, really, as more or a recreational marijuana bill and one that really ties the hands of employers as well as putting employers at severe risk of liability," said Tulsa Regional Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal.

Members of "SQ 788 is NOT Medical" include the Tulsa County Medical Society, Oklahoma Hospital Association and the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma.

Community Food Bank

For the second year, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children. Summertime presents significant nutritional challenges for children who no longer receive school meals, and the summer meals help to address that issue. 

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The Supreme Court is setting aside a Colorado court ruling against a baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the court is not deciding the big issue in the case, whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people.

The justices' limited ruling Monday turns on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips. The justices voted 7-2 that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated Phillips' rights under the First Amendment.

In the local news:

  • Health Care Providers express frustration with the State Health Department's financial mismanagement.
  • A man and woman are found dead in Owasso home.
  • A Tulsa man dies in a Oologah Lake drowning.

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As the dust begins to settle from the $30-million that was NOT missing from the state health department, health care providers are still fuming. They took massive budget cuts that did not need to happen.

Variety Care CEO Lou Carmichael says they were all fed the same line that the health department was out of money. That was not the case.           

She says the cuts have had a direct impact on her organization. They had planned to expand hours of operations, but couldn't because funding was cut.

Sobriety Checkpoint Leads To Tulsa Arrests

Jun 4, 2018
Tulsa Police

Ten-arrests and over 100 tickets handed out during a sobriety checkpoint over the weekend in Tulsa. It was conducted at 41st and Sheridan on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Eight of the arrests were for DUI. The tickets were for things like no insurance, not wearing a seat belt and busted tail lights.

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 A 20-year-old man held on a rape charge is being sought after authorities say he escaped from an east central Oklahoma county jail.

Okmulgee County officials say Cayman Coleman has been unaccounted for since Friday morning. Surveillance video shows fleeing from the east side of the jail.

Sheriff Eddy Rice says it's not known is Coleman is armed but that he is considered to be dangerous.

Coleman's criminal record extends back to 2014 with arrests that include larceny, concealing stolen property, obstructing an officer and the recent rape charge.

Drowning at Green Country Lake

Jun 4, 2018
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A drowning at Oologah Lake takes the life of a Tulsa man. 19-year-old Yerson Garcia DeLuna was trying to help a friend when he went under yesterday at Hawthorn Bluff and did not resurface.

His body was recovered late yesterday The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says he was not wearing a life jacket. 

2 Dead at Owasso Home

Jun 4, 2018
Owasso Police

Police find an Owasso couple dead in their home. The discovery was made last night. They had been shot. 

The home is off 80th Street North near 120th East Avenue. No names have been released.

Police have not called this a murder/suicide. However, they say they are not looking for a suspect at this time. 

Mild Start but Heat Returns Mid-Week

Jun 3, 2018
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Heat indices have dropped into the 70s across northeast Oklahoma, well behind the cold front. Along and ahead of the boundary, heat index values range from 90 to around 100. These values will improve dramatically through the early morning hours as drier air filters into the region. Much more seasonable temperatures are expected on Sunday, with highs in the 80s, rather than mid to upper 90s. Drier air will also make it feel more pleasant. The next chance for showers and storms arrives Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will premiere a documentary on retiring forward Nick Collison to the public for free.

The Oklahoman reports that the NBA team will screen "Mr. Thunder" June 9 at the Myriad Gardens.

The film documents 37-year-old Collison's final two weeks of his playing career. The forward played several seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics before the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and rebranded as the Thunder. He announced his retirement from professional basketball last month

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A Sebastian County judge says a Fort Smith woman who pleaded guilty to drug charges and permitting the abuse of a minor should serve 10 years in prison.

Sierra Ann Johnson pleaded guilty recently and agreed to testify against her former live-in boyfriend, who is charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors say the 20-year-old left her 18-month-old daughter with Tyree La'Mont Williams knowing that he had abused the girl in the past and sold marijuana.

A Dallas appeals court has upheld a $9.3 million verdict against the Choctaw Nation after finding the southern Oklahoma tribe liable for a charter bus crash that killed two passengers.

The Oklahoman reports that the Court of Appeals for Texas' 5th District unanimously dismissed the tribe's appeal of a 2016 Dallas County ruling saying it was liable for the deaths of Alice Stanley and Paula Hahn.

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